Brompton S - how 'aggressive'?
Did a quick search but couldn't find much discussion on this - I've test-ridden an M-type Brompton with the telescopic seat post (the telescopic makes sense for a maximum-flexibility demo model). However, no demo S-type available.
I travel a lot - the Brompton would be for short (a few miles) trips around cities, parks etc at my destination, mostly in traffic.
My instinct is to go with the S- because I wasn't a huge fan of the upright M- stance, but I'm curious as to how 'aggressive' the position is. I'm just about 6'. My regular bike is a Fuji Cross Comp; while I don't like sitting as upright as the M- seemed to be, I wouldn't want my single handlebar option to be as head-down as the drop position on that.
I'm also thinking the extended seat tube is a good idea. A friend suggests that my height is close to the limit with the standard (although I appreciate that this is something I can work out with the dealer by test / measurement).
Any advice from S-type riders?
When I test rode Bromptons, the S-type with extended seatpost put me in about the same position as my hybrid. I'm 6' also, and felt pretty similar to you about the position that the M-type put me in. A little bit cramped and too upright.
I use the S stem with a 55mm extender stem on top, making the bars about an inch lower than the M type. I actually like the height of the M bars but I can't stand the upsweep, it hurts my wrists after a few miles. I don't understand why Brompton haven't straightened it out by a degree or so, it doesn't make sense to have that upsweep on narrow bars on a commuter bike.
A lot of people use riser bars with the S stem, that gives you plenty of options but generally adds extra weight as riser bars are built for downhill and tend to weigh 300g instead of the 130g S bar.
well there is adding setback, to stretch out the bar to saddle distance.. rearward,
did that with a Mk2 M3, but the Mk4 frame is longer .
was a discussion of using P steering riser and M bars last week..
previous discussion of a piece to put in between the bars and the steering riser
to make that adjustable .. and custom rebuilders to make the steering riser
Also height adjustable
Thanks for the input, all!